The third round of the Ohio Arts Economic Relief Grant Program awarded $2.4 million to a total of 16 arts organizations in 12 counties this week, including $912,475 going to the Lakeside Association in Lakeside in Ottawa County.
“Thriving arts programs are a sign of a vibrant and prosperous community,” said Gov. Mike DeWine. “By supporting the arts, we’re nurturing the very spirit of innovation, unity and self-expression that has made Ohio the heart of opportunity for residents and visitors alike.”
Grants announced this week will help pay for employee compensation, recruitment, rehiring, training expenses, rent or mortgage payments, as well as operating costs.
“These investments extend far beyond individual organizations,” said Lydia Mihalik, director of the Ohio Department of Development. “The arts are crucial to creating an economy that attracts top talent, new investments, and tourism for our communities.”
Approximately $43 million in funding was awarded to arts organizations as part of the program’s first two rounds. The first round awarded more than $23 million to 139 organizations, and round two offered $20 million in funding for 104 arts organizations. The Lakeside Association grant for almost a million dollars was the only one made to an Ottawa County community or arts organizaation.